Monhegan artist program seeking applications

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MONHEGAN — Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for emerging Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists, the program offers a two-week residency for a Maine art teacher.

“Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Quimby Family Foundation and the Horizon Foundation, we are again able to support three residencies this year,” said Susan Danly, chairwoman of the Board of Directors.

The application deadline for all three residencies is March 15. This year the applications for the residency program are being accepted online only.

For guidelines, a history of the program and a list of past residents visit monheganartistsresidency.org. Applicants will be notified by April 1 of the jury’s decision.

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The residency program provides living quarters, studio space and a $100 per week stipend. The 2014 residencies for emerging artists run May 3 to July 4 and Sept. 6 to Oct. 10. The Maine art teacher residency runs July 5 to 18 to accommodate the school-year schedule.

Only Maine residents are eligible to apply. 

Now in its 25th year, the residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture or the digital arts.

An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection.

A jury of art professionals, to be announced on the website, will select the 2014 artists.

Previous Monhegan artist residents include Sarah Knock, Marguerite Robichaux, David Vickery, Lynn Travis, Joe Kievitt, Jim Dugan, Karen Adrienne, Emily Trenholm and Kenny Cole, who currently has a solo show at the University of Maine Museum of Art.

Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors and foundation grants. For more information, visit monheganartistsresidency.org.

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